NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb baseball team picked up its third win in a row Sunday morning narrowly getting by Hartford with a 9-8 victory.
The Bisons (7-6) and Hawks (0-8) battled it out in a back and forth contest to end the weekend, but the bats came alive in the sixth inning for Lipscomb.
“That big sixth inning that we had was the difference,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “That was the deciding point in the game and just was a good offensive inning.”
With Hartford up 6-3 going into the bottom of the sixth, Lipscomb needed to start a rally. The Bisons would go on to score six runs, all with two outs, in their half inning to take a 9-6 lead. Lipscomb was able to produce base runners drawing four walks in the inning along with some timely hits from Zeke Dodson, Maddux Houghton and Cade Sorrells.
Hartford would not give up easy though as the Hawks were able to produce two runs in the top of the seventh cutting the Bisons lead down to just one run.
With the game hanging in the balance, Forehand would make the call to the bullpen to bring in senior right-hander Robbie Knox to shutdown the Hawks at the plate and Knox would do just that. Over 2.1 innings of work the senior allowed just one base runner to end any threat of a comeback from Hartford and give Lipscomb the win.
“It’s always fun going into a big situation and getting the job done,” Knox said. “It’s also nice to have people behind you making plays.”
AROUND THE HORN:
- Tevin Symonette finished 2-for-4 at the plate and hit his second home run of the season.
- The 2-5 hitters for the Bisons (Symonette, Dodson, Chris Bashlor and Houghton) each had two hits on the day.
- Joshua Colon made his first start of the season. Over 3.2 innings the senior allowed two runs, four walks and gave up two hits.
- Sorrells was the top run producer for the Purple and Gold with 3 RBI.
- Knox recorded his first save of the season.
The Bisons will have two midweek matchups taking on Belmont in the Battle of the Boulevard Tuesday March 12 at Belmont and then will play host to Tennessee Tech on Wednesday March 13. Both games are scheduled for 4 p.m. starts.